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Welcome To Dayr Rafat - دير رفات (דיר ראפאת)

District of Jerusalem
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Dayr Rafat Village - Palestine: : Arce in Dayr Village ( Remains) 2008
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 18, 1948
Distance from district 26 (km) West of Jerusalem
Elevation from the sea 300 (meters)
Map location See location #13 on the map

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Military Operation against town Second stage Operation Dani
Attacking Units Har'el Brigade
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction Dayr Rafat was completely destroyed in the second half of October 1948, and only house rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Dayr Rafat inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 12,966
Jewish 0
Public 276
Total 13,242
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 216
Area planted w/ olives 25
Planted W/ Cereal 10,563
Built up 10
Cultivable 10,779
Non-Cultivable 2,453
Year Population
1931 218
1945 430
1948 499
Est. Refugees 1998 3,063
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 69
1948 157
Town's name through history The village had a mosque named after a al-Hajj Hasan.
Archeological sites Dayr Rafat has three khirbas which contains the foundations of buildings, grape presses, rock-hewn cisterns, wells, a grindstone, and burial grounds.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Giv'at Shemesh
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
The site is covered with large piles of stone rubble and stone terraces; some of the latter are still intact, while others have been destroyed and are now mixed with the rubble of the houses. Cactuses grow on the northwestern edge of the site. There are a few tents belonging to the Negev tribe of al-Sani' the members of which have rented land from the monastery , which owns the village lands. The monastery, located 2 km west of the site, has a large statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of its facade, and parts of the structure are covered with red tiles. There is a spring on the western edge of the village and a cemetery lies in the south; one large tomb stands out. To the west there is a large olive grove

Bibliography and References

Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
جهاد الرفاتي كليب(خليل) بيت لحم
محمود حمدان hamdan, rafat -
AJ Ja'fari -
RAFATI - texas, U.S.A
Rezeq Faraj Rezeq Faraj QC, Canada
Myriam Faraj Faraj Québec, Canada
Anan Hamad Hamad palestine, palestine
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